The Dayspring Banishes the Night:
If you want to get to know the Lord better, one of the best studies you can do in the Bible is a study in the names and titles of God. The prophet Isaiah taught us, “His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6b). The Book of Revelation teaches us that Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The disciple John tells us that Jesus is the good shepherd, the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the resurrection and the life, the true vine and the way, the truth and the life. Jesus means Saviour. Emmanuel means God with us. Each of the names and titles of Jesus teaches us something about who He is.
In this passage of Scripture, Luke reveals Jesus to us as the Dayspring. What does that mean? Perhaps the greatest explanation I have heard for this title comes from Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers.
He said: “Jesus has come, moreover, not as a blaze which will soon die down, but as a light which will last our day, yea, last for ever. After the long dark and cold night of our misery, the Lord comes in the fittest and most effectual manner; neither as lightning, nor candle, nor flaming meteor, but as the sun which begins the day… The visits of God are like the dayspring, because they end our darkness. The dayspring banishes the night… Our night is ended once for all when we behold God visiting us in Jesus Christ. Our day may cloud over, but night will not return. O, you that are in the blackest midnight, if you can but get a view of Christ, morning will have come to you!” (Charles Spurgeon, The Tender Mercy of our God).
Jesus is the Dayspring! Every morning when you see the sun rise, as the day gets brighter and brighter and the day recedes, let that be a daily reminder to you that great is His faithfulness! His mercies are new every morning. Just as certain as it is that the sun will come up again tomorrow, our God is faithful to us. He will keep His promises. You can put your hope in Him. Romans 15:13 calls Him the “God of hope” and First Timothy 1:1 says Jesus is our hope. Put your hope in Him today!
One of my favourite Christmas carols is O Holy Night. It says:“O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining; it is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining; till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices; for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”
Jesus has come, and with Him comes the thrill of hope. The world that was weary and burdened in sin and error pining. Do you know what that word pining means? Pining means: deep yearning, longing, waiting, desiring. More than anything else, we are long for Jesus the Dayspring to appear to us. Our waiting for Him is not in vain: He is our Hope.
Pastor Chris Jordan